Hidden Sugar In “Health Foods” Destroys Your Heart Health

| May 14, 2015

That’s because along with the mainstream’s misguided dietary guidelines to avoid saturated fat at all costs, there’s also been a massive increase in the amount of ‘low-fat’ food products flooding supermarket shelves.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that perhaps Big Food might have largely influenced government dietary guidelines, instead of them being founded on scientific studies… After all, there are no studies directly linking saturated fat to heart disease.

Any food scientist will tell you that the moment you reduce (or completely remove) the fat from any food it tastes terrible… no-one in their right mind would touch the stuff. So, what’s the solution? Well, you add sugar of course… And that’s exactly where the low-fat food guidelines fall flat on their face, because sugar is one of the main causes (if not the biggest) of many diseases, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

What makes matters even worse is that the added sugar in many of these so-called “healthy” foods is hidden on food labels under clever names like ‘Maltose’, ‘Muscovado’ and ‘Panocha’… making it difficult even for health savvy consumers to spot.

The fact is these hidden sugars can be one of your heart’s worst enemies. That’s because sugar serves as a quick source of energy — your body burns glucose before any other fuel sources and carbohydrates must break down into glucose (sugar) before your body can absorb them.

However, when you take in too much sugar (which you unwittingly do when you eat these low-fat products), your liver converts it into fat and stores it in the form of triglycerides — a type of fat that can cling to artery walls as it travels through the bloodstream.

High triglyceride levels contribute to atherosclerosis — the formation of plaque on the artery walls. Atherosclerosis increases your risk of developing heart disease as it gradually hardens and narrows your arteries, restricting blood flow to all your major organs, which can cause angina or transient heart pain.

In addition, pieces of plaque can break off from the artery wall and block blood flow to the heart or brain, increasing your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. But that’s not all, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, refined sugar also lowers high-density lipoprotein, the so-called “good” cholesterol.

Suffice to say, one of the best things you can do for your health, is to avoid “low fat” products… because firstly the fat has been removed unnecessarily and they are laced with heart damaging sugars.

We’ve recently put together a 30 Second Sugar Junkie Quiz to help our readers find out exactly how much sugar they really eat… and so far 82% of our readers were surprised at what they found out.

To take the quiz, click here. It will be the best 30 seconds you’ll ever invest in your own health… and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family, because chances are they are also trapped in the hidden sugar hamster wheel without even knowing it.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

Does Sugar Intake Raise Cholesterol Levels, published online, healthyeating.sfgate.com

A new piece in the ‘French paradox’ puzzle —  cheese  metabolism, published online 08.04.15, eurekalert.org

The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition? Published online 26.08.14, independent.co.uk

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet’, by Nina Teicholz

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